At the beginning of the pandemic, the facilities management team created an assembly line in the department’s warehouse to bottle, label and put together 7,000 personal protective equipment supply kits. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

In State of the University speech, Rao reflects on recent challenges and the road ahead

Feb. 11, 2021

President praises the resilience of the VCU community and describes ambitious plans for the future.

Inside the Rotunda at the Virginia State Capitol. The building, usually bustling this time of year during the General Assembly's legislative session, is currently closed to the public. (File photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)

At the General Assembly (sort of) with VCU’s capitol semester students

Feb. 11, 2021

Interns at the Virginia State Capitol this legislative session are doing most of their work virtually. It’s still “a very cool experience,” they said.

Carolyn Eastman's "The Strange Genius of Mr. O" tells the story of the rise and fall of James Ogilvie, whose oratory performances made him a household name in America’s founding era. (Eastman photo by Allison Bell)

‘The Strange Genius of Mr. O’ reveals the story of America’s first forgotten celebrity

Feb. 9, 2021

The book by VCU history professor Carolyn Eastman dives into performances, eccentricities, scandals and narcissism — and the nature of fame in America’s founding era.

VCU School of Nursing student Jennifer Bucknam vaccinates community member Norman Gold. Bucknam is one of many students at VCU stepping up to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots to fill a statewide need. (Tom Kojcsich, University Relations)

Hundreds of students are volunteering and providing shots at vaccination events

Feb. 8, 2021

With some VCU students already trained and others lined up for training, volunteers are ready to address the need for more COVID-19 vaccinators and take on roles that will serve them in their careers.

Greg Sandoe's dog, Bandit, plays the role of victim in a mock crime scene Sandoe created at home for his forensic science class. (Courtesy of Greg Sandoe)

Reconstructing the crime scene

Feb. 8, 2021

How do you transform a forensic science lab meant for in-person instruction into a successful virtual experience? With lots of creativity and a heavy dose of technology.

A national thought leader in the field of health equity will speak at a VCU event Feb. 25. (Getty Images)

National thought leader in field of health equity to speak at VCU

Feb. 8, 2021

Brian D. Smedley, chief of psychology in the public interest and acting chief diversity officer of the American Psychological Association, will give a virtual talk Feb. 25.

“More representative teams just perform better … ,” Elizabeth Paul, chief strategy officer at the Martin Agency, said at a VCU virtual event on how women are changing the advertising industry. “I want our workforce to reflect our audience because I know we’ll tell better, more representative stories.” (Getty Images)

Women are changing the advertising industry, and it’s leading to better, more authentic ads

Feb. 5, 2021

As another Super Bowl comes and goes, a VCU Robertson School panel says improving gender diversity in advertising is leading to better storytelling and more opportunities for underrepresented voices.

Hani El-Kaderi, left, and M. Samy El-Shall are recipients of awards from Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.

Two professors honored for their contributions to the field of chemistry, research

Feb. 5, 2021

Two faculty members in the VCU Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences will receive awards from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.

The annual Black Lives Matter RVA Art Show features works from dozens of artists, among them several with VCU connections. (Photos courtesy of Black Lives Matter RVA Art Show)

Art goes virtual at annual Black Lives Matter show

Feb. 4, 2021

The Black Lives Matter RVA Art Show features works from dozens of artists that highlight inclusivity and racial justice.